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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW Redux

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9 Comments »

For those of you who were kind enough to offer words of encouragement (or even just send a kind thought my way) in the midst of my recent hearing crisis, I thank you.  Your messages made me feel a lot better about this first of many milestones in the aging process.  I'm trying to approach it with a sense of humor, but there have been moments when  "funny" wasn't enough -- you've helped me through that.

Here's an update.

I am scheduled for surgery to correct the deviated septum on Friday, August 3.  My surgeon is very good, and says the procedure only takes about 20 minutes.  Contrary to the way in which some nose guys do the procedure, he does not use packing afterwards, so no 8 foot wads of gauze to pull out 2 days later.   He claims I will be back to work on Monday.  He'd better do a good job, because I'm even more dangerous with my rotary cutter when I'm under the influence of anaesthesia  than usual. 
 
I also visited the Happy Hearing Aid Center and Car Wash to see what options were best for me.   The process was painless (except for the finances!) and I'll pick up my aids on Friday morning.  They are tiny, fit behind the ear, and have a clear, almost invisible wire going into the ear canal speaker;  there is a remote control to adjust the volume.  In addition, they are bluetooth capable, so I can hear my cell phone in my head once I get it hooked up.  I can probably also open my garage door.  Of course they also cost an arm and a leg and are not covered under medicare.  Guess the government doesn't care if we old folks get run over by political campaign bus because we can't hear it coming. 

I will be able to test these babies out at work on Friday afternoon, then at Nancy's church's Quilt Day on Saturday.  No more talking behind my back, sisters!  They also come right in time for the classes I will be taking at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA next week.  I was kind worried that I might hear one of the instructors incorrectly and accidently cut two 12" strips instead of twelve 2" strips.  Now I am good to go!

Thanks again everyone, for your kind words of encoragement and support -- bloggers are the best!


9 comments:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I so admire your good humor in what must be a sobering situation.

Kat said...

Looks like you set out on the path and are going for the gold. Best wishes on the journey to better hearing!

Paula TheQuilter said...

And you can still ignore people when you want. Plead hearing loss, that's what my husband does.

Bobbi said...

To say nothing of friends IRL.

You go girl, but if you ignore me when I'm tawking to ya. . .

Becky M said...

Good for you looking at it all with humor! I'm sure it's not easy, but it will be fine. And that's really cool that it's a Bluetooth!! Good luck with the surgery. Keep us posted. I have a deviated septum too, I'll be curious to hear how you feel after.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

Wishing you good luck with your surgery.

Denise in PA said...

Pat, I can't believe I missed your last post (that was the week I was on vacation - that's my excuse!), but I recall you mentioning it at our meeting on Tuesday. I'm shocked that Medicare won't cover the hearing aids and I'm amazed that they have Bluetooth - at least that part of the whole thing is really cool! I'm sending prayers for a quick and easy surgery and recovery!! Hugs

Michele said...

I hope you are hearing better now :-) Good for you for keeping such a good sence of humor about it, doing what you need to do, and moving on. I need to take some inspiration from your wonderful attitude on life :-)

Diane H said...

And the beauty is you can always shut them off around annoying people. Take care and willkeep good thoughts for your surgery.